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“Top 5″ Christmas Gift Ideas (@ TMMLC!)

Are you wishing for some perfect Gift Ideas for your family or friend? We did a survey among the staff here at Tussey Mtn. Mulch Landscape Center and compiled a list of what we think are the “Top 5″ best ideas for a Christmas gift (for him or for her). Is your friend a gardener? Does your hubby like to collect reliable tools? Check out the following ideas! And it doesn’t end with these… stop by to shop. We are open!

TMMLC Gift Card Gift Idea

You may consider a Gift Card to be impersonal. But it is extremely flexible! If you aren’t exactly sure what your gardening friend needs or what he/she already has in their collection, choose a Gift Card! It never expires… and your friend will be able to shop for that perfect item at the perfect time.

BGE Gift Idea

Did your dad (or that special somebody) start a Big Green Egg collection? Maybe he hasn’t yet? We have Big Green Eggs and accessories in stock, including turkey/chicken roasters, flexi/slider baskets, wooden/aluminum pizza peels, corn cob holders, pizza cutters… and the list goes on. Learn more about Big Green Egg here >>>Big Green Egg. And if we don’t have what you want? Call in soon enough and we will have it by Christmas!

Wind Chimes Gift Idea

Bring the sound of spring to your front door in time for Christmas! “Corinthian Bell Wind Chimes are musically designed to produce soft, rich tones that blend together in beautiful harmony.” We have black, blue, and green in limited stock. SPECIAL: 25% OFF any Corinthian Bell wind chime (in stock items only)

Poly Furniture Gift Idea

Do you know what lasts “forever”, doesn’t splinter or fade or warp or need replaced? Poly furniture! This product is excellent for patio and outdoor living. With many colors and styles, you are sure to match your unique environment. And it sits so comfortably. Stop by and see for yourself! SPECIAL: 15% OFF (any in stock items)

OX Tool Gift Idea

Want a really reliable tool to use? OX offers tools for layout and measuring, wood-working, brick-laying, concreting and plastering, striking, cutting, demolition, and storage! OX Tools offer a full, no hassle guarantee on their tools. SPECIAL: Buy more than $50 in tools; Get a FREE OX tool bill cap! 

Other Gift Ideas to consider… 1. Bubbling Boulder 2. Mulch and/or Decorative Gravel 3. Fire Pit, and 4. Bird Seed

In this season of giving, truly give from your heart. And never forget that all we have has been given to us. In giving, honor God and bless others! Have a blessed Christmas!

Posted on: December 10th, 2015 by admin | Comments Off

Weekly Special ~ Week of September 1

~Weekly Special~

September 1-6

10% off Henri Fountains

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Posted on: September 2nd, 2014 by admin | Comments Off

Greenhouse Snapshots

It’s summer (almost) and the greenhouse is overflowing. Check out these pictures I took today.

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These roses are called Gemini and Electron. Fitting names.

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It’s not too late to add a planter to your patio.

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Lavendar and Coreopsis. Doesn’t this combination of yellow and blue perennials pop?

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And these lilies are blooming their hearts out.

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Posted on: June 11th, 2014 by admin | Comments Off

Weekly Special for Week of May 5

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May 5-May 10

All Plant Fertilizers (labeled accordingly)  $2 off per item*

*excludes 1 lb boxes of Miracle Gro

Now’s the time to fertilize! Want to know why? Watch this video.

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Posted on: May 5th, 2014 by admin | Comments Off

How to Plant Grass Seed in the Spring

Sow grass seed in the spring for a fine lawn all summer long.
Sow grass seed in the spring for a fine lawn all summer long.

Spring is a good time to plant a new lawn or rejuvenate an older one. The cooler temperatures and frequent rain showers of the spring season provide a good environment for the new blades of grass to establish themselves before the heat stress of summer arrives. Select warm-season grasses, such as Bermuda or Centipede, for spring grass planting. Warm season grasses are a bit more difficult to start from seed, but proper preparation creates a seedbed conducive to healthy and rapid growth.

Prepare Bare Soil

  1. Till the top 2 to 3 inches of the soil with a tiller or a garden rake.
  2. Pick up any rocks, branches or other debris that the tiller turned up.
  3. Rake the entire seedbed to help level out high and low spots and remove any clumps of dirt larger than 1 inch in diameter.
  4. Apply fertilizer to the area with a drop or broadcast spreader. Follow package directions for the amount of fertilizer to spread; a typical application for new lawns uses 2 1/2 pounds of fertilizer per 1,000 square feet of lawn.

Prepare Seedbed in Established Lawn

  1. Set the lawnmower to cut the grass as low as possible, removing most of the vegetation from the lawn and making it easier for the grass seeds to reach the soil.
  2. Rake the grass and the top one-quarter inch of the soil underneath it. Dispose of rocks and other debris in the lawn.
  3. Fertilize the lawn following manufacturer’s guidelines. A typical recommendation for an existing lawn is 5 pounds of fertilizer per 1,000 square feet of lawn.

Plant Grass Seed

  1. Put half the grass seeds in a drop or broadcast spreader. Sow the seeds onto the prepared ground, walking back and forth creating parallel rows. Add the remaining seeds to the spreader and sow these seeds in the opposite direction. For example, if you sow the first half of the seeds walking north and south, walk east and west as you sow the second half.
  2. Turn the rake so the tines are facing up. Drag the rake across the yard to cover the seeds with no more than one-quarter inch of soil.
  3. Cover the ground with a thin layer of mulch made from wheat straw, if your lawn is uneven and prone to erosion. Rake the mulch away once the grass begins to grow through it.
  4. Water the lawn lightly each day until the grass is 2 inches tall. Take advantage of spring rain showers to water less as long as you are getting rain.
  5. Mow the lawn for the first time when it reaches 3 inches tall. Only use a sharp blade to cut the grass.

-by Denise Brown, Demand Media

Posted on: April 21st, 2014 by admin | Comments Off

April Gardening Tips

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Pruning Grasses and Other April Gardening Tips

Charlie Nardozzi, Horticulturist and
Leonard Perry, UVM Extension Horticulturist

Pruning back ornamental grasses, getting patio containers ready for planting, and starting dahlias indoors are some of the gardening activities for this month.

If you left your ornamental grasses intact last fall for their fall and winter effect, and for seeds for birds, you can go ahead and prune them back to a height of about 6 to 12 inches. If you remove the old growth before new growth starts, and don’t cut back too close to the ground, you won’t risk damaging new sprouts when they emerge with warm weather later in spring.  Add prunings to the compost pile, but the thick stems of some grasses should be shredded or cut up first so they’ll decompose more quickly.

When planting large containers for the deck or patio, save on soil by creating a false bottom. Most of the plants you’ll use don’t need more than about a foot of soil depth for their roots, so put some empty plastic soda or water bottles in the very bottom, then cover with landscape fabric or a piece of cardboard cut to fit to keep the soil from eroding. Plastic pots turned upside down also work, as do coarse and inexpensive wood shavings.  Some use those Styrofoam packing “peanuts” (put in plastic bags so they’re easily handled and contained).

To control annual weeds in the lawn, spread corn gluten meal with your lawn spreader when forsythia are blooming. That’s when many weed seeds, such as crabgrass, are germinating. It’s a safe, organic option for preventing the germination of weeds, and it provides a small dose (maybe 9 percent) of nitrogen fertilizer. The best controls for weeds, however, remain a good soil conducive to growing grass, and proper lawn culture.

While safe and environmentally friendly, corn gluten products can be expensive with such a demand now for corn-derived products from corn syrup to ethanol.  A 20 to 25 pound bag, depending on product, may treat 1000 square feet of lawn or beds, and cost around $30.  This means to treat a quarter acre lawn, you may need to spend $300 or so.  Like all “pre-emergent” weed killers, corn gluten will keep seeds from germinating.  So make sure any desirable flowers or vegetables have germinated, and have “true” leaves, before applying around them.

Get flowers sooner on dahlias by potting up tubers and growing them indoors until it’s warm enough to plant them outside. Pinch the growing tips when they get 6 inches tall to keep the growth short and stocky for easier transplanting into the garden.  Keep them in a cool place, such as garage, so they don’t grow too fast.

To get a head-start on fresh greens, sow seeds in a large, shallow container. Keep the container outside during the day and bring it in at night if the temperatures dip below freezing, or protect it in a cold frame. A window box with colorful greens is not only ornamental, but makes for easy picking and protection from hungry rabbits.

Woody perennials differ in the way they should be cut back in spring. If butterfly bush has died to the ground, cut the dead stems to the ground. Otherwise just shorten them by about one third. Cut back Russian sage, rue, and artemisias to about 8 to 12 inches from the ground. Don’t prune lavender until new growth appears, and then just shorten the stems by about one-third. Heather should be lightly pruned to remove the old flowers and the tips of the shoots, but don’t cut back to brown wood, stay in the green.  Wait until rose shoots and leaves emerge to prune, in order to know what stems died and which are living.

(Charlie Nardozzi is a nationally known horticulturist, author, gardening consultant, and garden coach; CharlieNardozzi.com). 

Posted on: April 14th, 2014 by admin | Comments Off
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